I’m pleased to have gotten to participate in another book tour with Blackberry Books, and while Bloodstone lacks some structural design, the concept itself is intriguing. Please read below for my review!


By M. J. Mallon

Fifteen-year-old Amelina Scott is artistic, interpreting her world through poetry, art, and music as best she can. At home, things are less than ideal; a pessimistic mom and a distant dad make every day its own unique challenge. Add to that more inexplicable occurrences and unusual characters, and it is no surprise that Amelina seeks any outlet she can find. A mysterious letter arrives one day inviting her to a hidden cottage, which begins a series of events that guide Amelina to the important role she is destined to play.

This poetic story features italicized poems and song lyrics throughout the book as direct references to written art, and a plethora of simile and metaphor are found throughout the narrative to expand upon this intent. Written in the first person, the majority of the book features internal reflection and observations, limiting the outward action that takes place. Readers experience British colloquialisms and vernacular when characters do speak to one another, and this adds another layer to the unique style of this story.

Overall, the plot progression is challenging to discern, but the story itself shows promise in the writing style and general concepts. At the beginning of the book, readers are introduced to an unusual object known as a chronophage, which makes an appearance within the story. This initial explanation helps orient readers to this potentially unfamiliar reference upon its inclusion in the narrative. Despite the difficulties in its delivery, this is an intriguing beginning to a young adult series with many interesting components.

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